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As mentioned earlier in this blog, I have a now defunct blog from a year or two ago that I’m deciding what to do with.  Rather than cause issues until I can make that decision, I am going to share this post in part here with a link to the post.  It is a beautiful story and part of a larger, even more beautiful story that I will probably share as we go.

 
“My friend’s funeral was amazing, as expected. I knew it would be a glorious uplifting, not only of Melissa, but of the God she so faithfully served. During the open mike period, I stood to give a shortened version of a poem I wrote for my mother and then adapted for my friend. Later, her pastor read a testimony she had given in service, and in it she talked about what I had said. Truly a kiss from God.

 
I thought I might retell that story here. I won’t tell it as well as Melissa would have, but here goes. My mother had been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive uterine cancer. After a surgery and several chemo treatments (short version) she was given six months to live and placed on hospice. I spent as much of that time as I could with Mom, helping her physically and emotionally to prepare for the end. During part of that time, Mom kept worrying about her relationship with God and if she had done enough and if she really mattered.”

 

Read the rest of the story here:     Please make any comments here instead of at the other blog. 🙂    AND —

*****The poem included in the post has helped several people since its inception.  Feel free to use it, changing the name of the person.  I would like attribution, but as long as you don’t take credit for it, use your own discretion.  Maybe you needed reminded that you matter to God today.  Maybe you know someone who needs this reminder.  That’s what this poem was written for, so pass it on as a legacy to my beautiful mother and my best friend who now rest in the arms of Jesus.    Thanks, Angie

Friendship Boquet

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After a recent post, The Friendship Package, a new friend told me about a friendship power point presentation she had made concerning friendship. The presentation contains several sayings or truisms about friendship, on absolutely gorgeous flowers. I thought it was worth the view, and I want to share it with you. You can find it here:

http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/friendship-bouquet/

Enjoy!

The Friendship Package

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Friendship bracelet

Friendship bracelet (Photo credit: petr cervinka)

Yesterday I read a blog by Lisa TerKeurst, When Friendship is Tough.  In it, she discusses her middle school daughter having a friend problem.  Later the daughter said this profound statement:  “Mom,” she said with great authority, ‘”I’ve decided something about friends.  They all have good stuff and bad stuff.  Things you like and things that really annoy you.  So, you just have to decide if you can handle their package deal.”‘

Pothole

Pothole (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lisa goes on to point out, later in the post, that we too have good and bad in the package we offer others, so we must remember it goes both ways.  “We’re both messy people, willing to work on our not so fun stuff and are fully aware we’re going to hit some muddy potholes along our friendship path.” (about a particular friend).

How about you?  Are you willing to accept others as a package deal, the good, the bad, and the ugly?  Or do you minimize your own annoying habits and maximize those of others?  Do you expect others to be perfect while allowing yourself to be imperfect?  Have you let go a friendship that just needed a little work after hitting a pothole? 

The Relationship Package

What about other relationships in your life?  The one’s with your siblings,  your parents, your children, or others in your life?  Have you accepted them as a package deal?

 The Marriage Package

Español: Intercambio de anillos entre los novios

Español: Intercambio de anillos entre los novios (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone (usually female) talk about their love interest, before he/she becomes their mate, as if they can change the things they don’t like about him.  “He’ll change after we get married.”  NOT!  Not only will those irritants still be there, they will be there even more because the ‘winning’ part is over.  The time to decide if you can live with the whole package and accept him/her as is, is before marriage.  After all, he/she must accept you the same way.

Do you accept your mate as the package deal he/she is?  Have you expected acceptance from mate while not offering it in return?  Have you expected mate to change to make you happy?

 

god

god (Photo credit: the|G|™)

The God Package

God is a package deal.    So many today want to have a god, but they don’t want God on God’s terms.  They want to decide what God is and isn’t.  I first heard this in a 12 step group in which they told people to view their ‘higher power’ in whatever way made sense/was comfortable for them.  I disagree. God is unchangeable.  He is what He is.

He takes us as a whole package, and He wants us to accept Him as a whole package too.  He doesn’t want us to pick and choose what we want to believe based on society’s views or what makes us feel good.  It doesn’t work that way.

God is love – absolutely!  But God is also just and holy.

God’s justice demands payment for our sin. 

God’s love sent Jesus to pay that price for us.

But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

Do you accept God as He is?  The parts you like along with the ones you do not understand?  Or do you create a God that pleases you (idolotry)? 

What do you think?

Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sin.  God’s love.  God’s justice

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